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Samsung Galaxy S (GT i9000)

I have just ownership of the new Samsung Galaxy S, and have to say I am impressed. I was due for an upgrade in April, but the HTC Desire just didn't seem to gel with me, particularly because I knew that the Samsung was due. I was very happy with my previous (then current) Samsung SG-i780, so I decided to wait. First impression were fantastic. The phone i packaged in a sexy black box with silver embossed writing. As for the phone - thats even sexier, nevermind the 1Ghz processor, the 51.....

Android: MTN 4 Vodacom 0

My Vodacom contract has recently come up for renewal, and as usual I started the process of searching for a new phone. My current phone is a Samsung i780, which has served me extremely well over the past two years. As I have been very happy with Samsung, I first looked at what new Samsung had to offer me. Their smartphone replacement on the Windows side is not bad, but with no touch screen, is not really useful (why they did this is beyond me). I was initially focusing my attention on phone.....

Backup your Network with BackupPC

With the price of terabyte level storage media coming down significantly in the past few years, we decided it was high time that we setup a network backup server. In reality, the price of a computer and storage is marginal in relation to the cost of losing the data that i am rather embarrassed we have not done it sooner. Not wanting to invest in software, and also wanting to keep OS size down to a minimum, we decided on Linux as an OS. Since we had a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 on disk, we install.....

Site Upgraded to Umbraco 4.1.2

We have just finished a successful upgrade from Umbraco V3.0 beta to Umbraco V4.1.2 and all went well. It was not an upgrade in the sense of applying updates patches, instead, more of a case of redesigning the entire site on a seperate URL and transferring existing content across. V3.0 beta has served us very well for the past 2.5 years, however, we decided it was time to upgrade not only to stay current, but also to have our blog integrated into our website. We were previously using dasBl.....

Asp.Net in Apache 2.2

We are busy on a project that requires the application to be run on a windows 2003 server running Apache 2.2 as the primary internet server. Since IIS can run PHP applications, I figured that Apache would run dotnet without any problems. As it turns out there is a module for running dotnet application. It is however not very well supported and you have to make sure you get the Apache 2.2 version, which can be found here http://sourceforge.net/project/platformdownload.php?group_id=175077. .....

OpenLayers 2.8 Released

Christopher Schmidt announced yesterday on the OpenLayers mailing list, the final release of OpenLayers 2.8 The email follows. The OpenLayers Development Team is proud to announce the release of OpenLayers 2.8, the latest stable release of OpenLayers. The 2.8 release adds a number of important features, the full list of which can be found in the Release Notes, at http://trac.openlayers.org/wiki/Release/2.8/Notes. Some of the highlights include: Support for multi-layer vector feature se.....

FOSS4G 2008

The 2008 FOSS4G conference has just officially closed today (well....apart from some workshops and code-sprints). On reflection, I personally found the conference extremely beneficial, both from communication and contacts, and learning what is new and great. So what did I learn? The developers of these FOSS products we are using are really clever! The OSGEO team is doing a fantastic job in the promotion of FOSS products Bearing in mind that this is a developer's conference, there was a.....

Umbraco Lightbox Gallery reading from a folder

There are many galleries available in one form or the other through the Umbraco forum. Probably the most commonly used one is that which ships with the Creative Web Specialist package. I have always wanted to incorporate a gallery that utilises the jquery Lightbox toolset, and was inspired to see the excellent gallery that bob has created at http://www.baty-barr.com/pics.aspx. To this end I started on a process of searching for a gallery package. I was extremely surprised to see that none .....

Information Management : Time for a shift in Paradigm

Planning and development, as a function of local government, is experiencing difficulties in KwaZulu-Natal as a province of South Africa. This is mainly due to the critical shortage of experience and skills, lack of up to date information and limited recognition of the importance of this function in government. This discussion focuses on the question of information management and accessibility and identifies a concept which could be applied in improving the current situation. Comments woul.....

Linux as a Viable Desktop Solution

Approximately 6 months ago, fed up with my first release installation of Vista, I decided it was time to uninstall Vista and wait for the traditional first service pack release. As this was my home PC for the family, and did not need to run many high end applications, I looked at two possibilities for an operating System. I could either go back to Windows XP or install a version of Linux. Having been in touch with Linux distributions since the early days of RedHat, and having read the recen.....